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How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Paperback): Jonathan Gornall How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Paperback)
Jonathan Gornall 1
R281 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R95 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The passages he addresses directly to Phoebe are as tender as the father-daughter letters in Karl Ove Knausgaard's Seasons Quartet' Times Literary Supplement 'This book tells the inspiring story of how even the least skilled of us can make something wonderful if we invest enough time and love' The Daily Mail 'Both the book, and place, are magical' The Sunday Telegraph 'When Jonathan Gornall decided to build a boat for his daughter, he had no experience and no practical skills. What followed was a very real labour of love.' The Scotsman One man learns the ancient skills of boat-building to connect with fatherhood. How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his newborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge for a man who, with a family and mortgage to support, knows little about woodworking and even less about boat-building. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what type of wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand. The journey begins with a search for clues in the once bustling, but now still, creeks and backwaters of his beloved Suffolk, where men once fashioned the might of Nelson's navy from the great oaks that shadowed the water's edge. If all goes to plan, it will end with a great little adventure, as father and daughter cast off together for a voyage of discovery that neither will forget, and both will treasure until the end of their days. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.

How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Hardcover): Jonathan Gornall How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Hardcover)
Jonathan Gornall 1
R482 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R169 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The passages he addresses directly to Phoebe are as tender as the father-daughter letters in Karl Ove Knausgaard's Seasons Quartet' Times Literary Supplement 'This book tells the inspiring story of how even the least skilled of us can make something wonderful if we invest enough time and love' The Daily Mail 'Both the book, and place, are magical' The Sunday Telegraph 'When Jonathan Gornall decided to build a boat for his daughter, he had no experience and no practical skills. What followed was a very real labour of love.' The Scotsman One man learns the ancient skills of boat-building to connect with fatherhood. How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his newborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge for a man who, with a family and mortgage to support, knows little about woodworking and even less about boat-building. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what type of wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand. The journey begins with a search for clues in the once bustling, but now still, creeks and backwaters of his beloved Suffolk, where men once fashioned the might of Nelson's navy from the great oaks that shadowed the water's edge. If all goes to plan, it will end with a great little adventure, as father and daughter cast off together for a voyage of discovery that neither will forget, and both will treasure until the end of their days. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.

Sentinels of the Sea - A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past (Hardcover): R. G Grant Sentinels of the Sea - A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past (Hardcover)
R. G Grant
R600 R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Save R127 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lighthouses have always unsettled and attracted in equal measure, highlighting the triumphs and failures in humanity's battle with the forces of nature. Taking as its heroes the lighthouses themselves, Sentinels of the Sea describes the engineering genius that allowed their construction on even the smallest of rock outcrops and the innovations that made the lights so powerful and reliable. Intricate, elegant architectural plans and elevations, and evocative period drawings and photographs showcase the innovative designs and technologies behind fifty historic lighthouses built around the world from the 17th to the 20th century. R.G. Grant's engaging and authoritative text chronicles the incredible feats of engineering and endurance that brought these iconic, isolated towers into being, the advances in lens technology that made the lights so effective, and the everyday routines of the lighthouse keepers and the heroic rescues that some performed. Packed with extraordinary stories of human endeavour, desperate shipwrecks, builders defying the elements and heroic sea rescues, the book also reveals the isolation and vulnerability of the dedicated lighthouse keepers.

Notable Boats - Forty Small Craft, Forty Great Adventures (Hardcover): Surya Sajnani Notable Boats - Forty Small Craft, Forty Great Adventures (Hardcover)
Surya Sajnani
R593 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R163 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Whether used for transport, adventure, work, or sport, boats have played a vital role in human history and have inspired numerous stories. The 40 boats featured in Notable Boats will gently float you away with tales of bravery, adventure, and the odd moment of near catastrophe. The book skillfully balances intricate and beautiful visuals, attractively styled statistics, and gripping text. As well as everyday crafts such as the canoe and the fishing trawler, there are boats of historic interest, fictional ships, and even celebrities' boats. Each boat will be featured across two spreads, including the aerial view of its deck/interior plan, a color study, and a description of the boat and what it is famous for. The stories cover the globe, with adventurous tales from all the world's waterways. Designed to be dipped in and out of, Notable Boats offers an intimate window into a world of sailing for those whose passion it is-and those whose passion it isn't-alike.

The Captain and the Glory (Hardcover): Dave Eggers The Captain and the Glory (Hardcover)
Dave Eggers 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A hilarious, biting satire of the United States and its unpredictable leader from the best-selling author of The Circle

The grand ship Glory has been skilfully captained for years, but when its well-loved old skipper decides to step down, a new leader thrusts himself forward and a new era begins.

The new Captain is vulgar, bumbling and inexplicably confident. With no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law - nor even, as he has repeatedly remarked, a particular liking for boats - he solemnly swears to shake things up.

Together with his band of petty thieves and confidence men known as the Upskirt Boys, the Captain enthralls his passengers: writing his dreams and notions on the cafeteria whiteboard, boasting of his exemplary anatomy, devouring cheeseburgers, and tossing anyone who dissatisfies him overboard.

Until one day a famous pirate, long feared by passengers of the Glory but revered by the Captain for how phenomenally masculine he looks without a shirt while riding a horse, appears on the horizon . . .

Grand Union, Oxford & the South East - Waterways Guide 1 (Spiral bound, New edition): Collins Maps Grand Union, Oxford & the South East - Waterways Guide 1 (Spiral bound, New edition)
Collins Maps 1
R476 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of Britain's inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways between London and Birmingham. Waterways covered in this guide - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Grand Union Canal, Lee & Stort Navigations, River Medway, Oxford Canal, River Thames. Guide includes; * Detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps * Descriptive text describing the canals * Comprehensive navigational notes Published for more than 50 years, the bestselling Collins Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. They are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. Comprehensive navigational notes include: * Maximum dimensions and low bridges * Mileages, advice and potential hazards * Navigation authorities and contact details

Watercraft on World Coins, Volume III - Africa & Oceania (Paperback): Yossi Dotan Watercraft on World Coins, Volume III - Africa & Oceania (Paperback)
Yossi Dotan
R1,368 R988 Discovery Miles 9 880 Save R380 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover): Nigel Calder Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover)
Nigel Calder
R784 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R173 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Youve just spent a day on the water under a sweltering sun. You sit back, enjoying the seclusion of a remote anchorage, lulled by the rattle of ice in your cold drink. A pretty picture, but a rare one aboard cruising boats.

A house is never without its utility umbrella, but when you pull your boats shore-power plug youre on your own. Even good refrigeration systems use a lot of energy. And bad ones? Erase those ice cubes from your tropical fantasy.

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats explains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities--even the necessities--of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. Whether youre off for two days or two years, you must balance the highest possible cooling capacity with the lowest possible energy consumption. Calder explains clearly and logically how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.

Boat refrigeration systems are phenomenally expensive. A modest refrigerator/freezer system, professionally built and installed, can cost more than $4,000. Yet these units can still have unpleasant side effects--such as killing the boats batteries. Refrigeration for Pleasureboats provides all the step-by-step information an amateur needs to design and build a custom refrigeration unit that will cost far less than half the price of an off-the-shelf unit and will likely run better with far less drain on the batteries. With Calders maintenance and troubleshooting tips, youll be able to keep it running for years to come and keep those ice cubes tinkling in that frosted glass.

Sailboats (Hardcover): Michael Kahn Sailboats (Hardcover)
Michael Kahn
R683 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R149 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Nothing stirs my soul more than watching a 100-year-old classic yacht roll over a wave, sails flared, white water crashing off her bow, crew attentive. Watching these beauties race around a course is truly spectacular." -Michael Kahn. Sailboats features over 75 photographs of stunning sailing images from world-renowned black-and-white photographer Michael Kahn. These warmly toned, classic yet dynamic sailing photographs feature regattas in Antigua, France, England, and more. Working in traditional black-and-white film, Michael Kahn produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom, which allow the majestic elegance of these sailing vessels to radiate from the page. Whether you are a traditional film photographer or an avid sailor or simply love the exquisite beauty of the ocean, you will cherish these fine prints and elegant book.

Titanic Calling - Wireless Communications during the Great Disaster (Hardcover): Michael Hughes, Katherine Bosworth Titanic Calling - Wireless Communications during the Great Disaster (Hardcover)
Michael Hughes, Katherine Bosworth
R441 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R180 (41%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Published in commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the "Titanic"'s sinking, this book tells the story of that fateful night from an unusual angle: through the many wireless communications sent to and from the land stations and the ships involved as the tragic events unfolded.Drawing on the extensive record of wireless transmissions in the Marconi Archives, "Titanic Calling" recounts this legendary story the way it was first heard, beginning with repeated warnings--just hours before the collision--of several large icebergs unusually far south and alarmingly close to the "Titanic"'s course. The story follows senior operator Jack Phillips as he sends distress messages to nearby ships and shows how these urgent calls for help were received and rapidly relayed across the Atlantic in a desperate attempt to save the lives of the "Titanic"'s passengers and crew. Finally, the distant SS "Virginian" receives the "Titanic"'s final, broken message. The story concludes with the rescue of the fortunate survivors, who radio messages to loved ones from aboard the RMS "Carpathia "while safely on their way to New York. Illustrated throughout with photographs of the messages and including full transcripts of original material, the book also features an introduction to the development of maritime wireless communications and a discussion of the Marconi Archives's "Titanic "collection. The forced brevity of the messages lends the narrative a startling sense of immediacy and brings to life to the voices of the individuals involved.

Long Island and the Sea - A Maritime History (Hardcover): Bill Bleyer Long Island and the Sea - A Maritime History (Hardcover)
Bill Bleyer; Foreword by Billy Joel
R820 R641 Discovery Miles 6 410 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd edition): Pat Manley Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd edition)
Pat Manley
R216 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A compact, handy, on-the-water reference guide containing all the essential information about keeping your marine diesel engine running for when you need it most: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the parts of the engine and has checklists for monthly, weekly and daily checks. It outlines what to do if the engine won't start, or stop, if it overheats or there are problems with the fuel system. It tells you about servicing, the electrics and winterisation. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your engine - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion when the engine doesn't behave.

Unsinkable - The Full Story of Rms Titanic (Hardcover): Daniel Allen Butler Unsinkable - The Full Story of Rms Titanic (Hardcover)
Daniel Allen Butler
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The familiar story of the RMS Titanic--from her tragic 10-second encounter with an iceberg to her descent to the bottom of the ocean some three hours later, taking with her more than 1,500 lives--still looms large in the popular imagination. Daniel Butler, a researcher and archivist, worked on this book for 30 years, intensively compiling facts not only about the event, but also about the characters who played an important role, from the actions of Captain Smith and his crew to the inescapable fate of the third-class passengers. He also offers the startling revelation of a nearby ship which ignored the Titanic's distress call because the shipmates were afraid to awaken their captain. Unsinkable explores every facet of the Titanic's history, from its conception to a modern-day researcher's attempts to salvage the ship. The author presents a contemporary view of the crew and the passengers aboard, creating a better understanding of the time and the social psyche that played a role in the disaster. Also of note is Butler's enlistment of a clinical psychologist to analyze Captain Smith's mental state as the drama unfolded before him. Butler's passionate yet balanced narrative permits readers to conclude for themselves who or what was ultimately responsible for sinking the unsinkable ship.

Seamanship in the Age of Sail - An Account of Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-O-War, 1600-1860 (Hardcover): John Harland Seamanship in the Age of Sail - An Account of Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-O-War, 1600-1860 (Hardcover)
John Harland
R1,309 Discovery Miles 13 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Numerous successful reprints of contemporary works on rigging and seamanship indicate the breadth of interest in the lost art of handling square-rigged ships. Modelmakers, marine painters and enthusiasts need to know not only how the ships were rigged but how much sail was set in each condition of wind and sea, how the various manoeuvres were carried out, and the intricacies of operations like reefing sails or 'catting' an anchor. Contemporary treatises such as Brady's Kedge Anchor in the USA or Darcy Lever's Sheet Anchor in Britain tell only half the story, for they were training manuals intended to be used at sea in conjunction with practical experiences and often only cover officially-condoned practices. This book, on the other hand, is a modern, objective appraisal of the evidence, concerned with the actualities as much as the theory. The author has studied virtually every manual published about seamanship over a period of nearly four centuries. This gives the book a completely international balance and allows him to describe for the first time the proper historical development of seamanship among the major navies of the world.

GRP Repair Companion - Repairing Grp & Frp Boats (Spiral bound): Pete Vincent, Penni Vincent GRP Repair Companion - Repairing Grp & Frp Boats (Spiral bound)
Pete Vincent, Penni Vincent
R216 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anyone who owns a fibreglass boat (GRP or FRP, yacht or dinghy) knows that it can get damaged in the rough and tumble of everyday use. Sometimes the damage is serious enough to warrant a professional repair (which the insurance company will probably pay for). But at other times it is more minor, and you might want to repair it yourself. But how do you repair it, so you can't see the repair - get that really professional-looking finish? If you've ever asked that question, then this is the book for you. Long-term boat repairer, Pete Vincent, shares the trade secrets of making a lasting, strong and invisible repair. Penni Vincent, who does not share Pete's experience, got him to explain it to her and together they have created this book - written by an expert, but understandable by a novice. They take you through the equipment, tools and materials you need and then explain the 8 stages of a glass fibre repair job: from the vital initial preparation to the final polish. This is followed by a step-by-step guide to making different repairs including small nicks, scratches and scuffs, star-crazing and deeper areas requiring fibreglassing. They also cover repairing deck / hull joints, non-slip surfaces, moving fittings and leak testing and repair. Given that the first bit of advice is that you need to make the damage worse before repairing it, it is reassuring to be able to follow the steps that they outline, amply illustrated by many photographs and diagrams. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your repair - this little book will be a valued companion as you set about repairing your boat.

Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners (Paperback): Henry C. Mustin Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats: A Step-by-Step Guide for Buyers and Owners (Paperback)
Henry C. Mustin
R483 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R93 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since the late 1950s, when the first plastic sailboat shocked the New York Boat Show, fiberglass boatbuilding has gone through classic growing pains. Longtime yacht broker and marine surveyor Henry Mustin has seen it all: the slow acceptance of those early, heavy boats; the market boom of the lighter boats of the 1970s; the boat pox scare of the 1980s; and the continued lack of industry standards that makes buying and owning a fiberglass boat an adventure. In Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats Mustin explains what to watch for in a used sailboat from each era, and how to ferret out the hidden defects in any boat. He shows how to estimate the cost of repairs and the value of a boat. And he addresses the question: When is a fiberglass boat too used up to save?

Mustins part-by-part look at hull, deck, rig, and machinery is both a minicourse for transforming used-boat shopping from a game of craps to a science, and the first step in a holistic boat maintenance program. His discussion of the significance of cracks found in aging hulls and decks is the most thorough in print. He is not shy in assessing the lack of regulation of professional surveyors, nor does he shrink from pointing a finger at shoddy building practices.

Having a used boat surveyed is a critical prelude to buying it. Yet a professional survey is expensive--several hundred dollars. Surveying Fiberglass Sailboats will enable you to conduct your own surveys while narrowing the field, then monitor a professional surveyors performance when selecting your target boat.

Sea of Storms - Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (Hardcover): Richard Larn Sea of Storms - Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (Hardcover)
Richard Larn
R750 R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Save R152 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Crossing the Bar - The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot (Hardcover): Paul Lobo Crossing the Bar - The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot (Hardcover)
Paul Lobo
R593 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There is nothing placid about San Francisco Bay. Its raucous waters have hosted brutal storms, daring rescues, horrendous accidents, and countless hours of drama and tension. Captain Paul Lobo knows that better than most people. As a licensed harbor pilot in those treacherous waters, Lobo captained nearly 6,500 boats in a thirty-one year career everything from mega-yachts to the USS Enterprise to the Love Boat. Each trip tells its own story, and Lobo shares many. Here readers will find gripping, tense adventure stories, all well told. Reading Crossing the Bar is like being on the rolling bridge with Lobo. Here are tragic deaths and lives saved, inspiring rescues, devastating storms, and the infamous and horrendous oil spill after the Cosco Busan rammed the Oakland Bay Bridge which resulted in the first imprisonment of a maritime pilot for making an error. Readers will also find a December sea rescue Lobo assisted with in hurricane strength winds and monstrous seas. Without Lobo's pilot boat and its crews' supreme effort, the ship they saved would have foundered on the rocky Marin County, California, coastline with the loss of all hands. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Severn, Avon & Birmingham - Waterways Guide 2 (Spiral bound): Collins Maps Severn, Avon & Birmingham - Waterways Guide 2 (Spiral bound)
Collins Maps 1
R476 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R136 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and the River Severn. Covered in this guide are the River Avon; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Droitwich Canals; Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and the River Severn; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal; Stourbridge and Dudley Canals; Stratford-on-Avon Canal; Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal; and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

U.S. Chart No. 1 - 13th Edition - Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms Used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts (Spiral... U.S. Chart No. 1 - 13th Edition - Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms Used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts (Spiral bound, 113rd ed.)
Noaa &. Nima
R373 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Mighty Krait (Paperback): Ian Mcphedran The Mighty Krait (Paperback)
Ian Mcphedran
R478 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R136 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The little boat with a big past: the fight to save one of the most important artefacts of Australian military history. For many years, thousands of people have walked past an unassuming black timber fishing boat bobbing in the water down at the wharves of Sydney's Darling Harbour. But appearances can be deceptive. This humble little trawler played a key role in one of World War II's most audacious and successful commando raids. In September 1943, fourteen young Z special operatives sailed the small fishing boat from Australia to Japanese-occupied Singapore. Battling deadly tides, fierce storms, hostile ships and detection from the air, this little ship and its courageous young crew made it to the heart of the enemy stronghold to make a daring raid that destroyed 30,000 tonnes of enemy shipping. Operation Jaywick still rates as one of the greatest Special Forces operations of all time. But its story doesn't end there. Neglected and left to rot for years, it has taken a mighty and concerted effort by a dedicated few to save and restore the little ship with a big past and display it as a permanent memorial to Australian Special Forces. The Mighty Krait is a compelling, uplifting and unforgettable story of Australian military history - and the importance of reminding all Australians of the courage and service of our armed forces.

Chesapeake Bay Shipwrecks (Paperback): William B. Cogar Chesapeake Bay Shipwrecks (Paperback)
William B. Cogar
R506 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Titanic (Hardcover, Revised edition): Stuart Robertson Titanic (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Stuart Robertson
R282 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Titanic is a fascinating exploration of the most famous maritime disaster of all time. It delves into the astonishing facts surrounding the tragedy of 1912 and is essential for anyone wishing to separate myth from reality. With a range of trivia including facts about the construction of the vessel deemed to be 'unsinkable', the information is presented in an interesting and engaging way to embrace a wide variety of readers. This title is brimming with facts about the Titanic and its passengers, the history of the Titanic, strange stories of premonitions of the disaster, conspiracy theories, the various films, the sinking of the Titanic, the discovery of the wreck and salvage operations, are all explored. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

The Last Run - A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas (Paperback): Todd Lewan The Last Run - A True Story of Rescue and Redemption on the Alaska Seas (Paperback)
Todd Lewan
R385 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R23 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It was a desperate mission that made front-page headlines and captured the attention of millions of readers around the world. In January 1998, in the dead of an Alaskan winter, a cataclysmic Arctic storm with hurricane-force winds and towering seas forced five fishermen to abandon their vessel in the Gulf of Alaska and left them adrift in thirty-eight-degree water with no lifeboat. Their would-be rescuers were 150 miles away at the Coast Guard station, with the nearby airport shut down by an avalanche.

The Last Run is the epic tale of the wreck of the oldest registered fishing schooner in Alaska, a hellish Arctic tempest, and the three teams of aviators in helicopters who withstood 140-mph gusts and hovered alongside waves that were ten stories high. But what makes this more than a true-life page-turner is its portrait of untamed Alaska and the unflappable spirit of people who forge a different kind of life on America's last frontier, the "end of the roaders" who are drawn to, or flee to, Alaska to seek a final destiny.

Sailing Gaffers - Stories from 50 Years of the Old Gaffers Association (Paperback): Viv Head Sailing Gaffers - Stories from 50 Years of the Old Gaffers Association (Paperback)
Viv Head
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Created fifty years ago after a three-way conversation in a public house, the Old Gaffers Association grew into a group of enthusiasts who rescued a vital part of our maritime heritage from almost certain extinction. This jaunty celebration, lavishly illustrated, demonstrates how gaff-rigged sailing vessels are alive in a way no other boat could ever be. In this book their owners tell of their stylish, characterful and sea-kindly craft - and some of their adventures. There are tales, too, of solo sailors and families embarking on voyages across the oceans that have seen the Old Gaffers Association become a world-wide community. Jim Rockeller, owner of the Bald Mountain Boat Works in Camden, Maine, and instigator of the first OGA group in America, wrote of the OGA in 1968: 'Membership requirements are simple. One needn't know the difference between a throat and a peak halyard; one need only know that putting to sea in a gaff-rigged vessel is a special kind of magic not found in other kinds of sailing.' This magic of traditional sailing has cast its spell much closer to home, too - simply messing about in boats, alone, joining in regattas or cruising with families and friends. This book will delight every boating enthusiast. As the cheers greeting the traditional boats that graced The Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant showed, they bring out the salty seadog in us all.

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